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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,151 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,151
Reviews: 1,965
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 147
Gots: 231 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ca. 44 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001)
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +23.8%

05-01-2012 20:51:06 | More by olympicgatorade
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4/5  rDev -1%

06-08-2012 11:01:57 | More by djcira
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

09-07-2012 15:46:09 | More by jurbanik
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4/5  rDev -1%

12-02-2013 16:38:27 | More by Andonato
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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Trumer Pils glass.

Has a small, white head that quickly diminished. Color is a cloudy yellow. Almost looked like a hefeweizen.

Aroma was flowers, maybe a hint of banana or other fruits and light hops.

Taste was yeasty, slightly hoppy and crisp.

Pretty easy drinking, tasty beer for a summer day. Good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 20:02:30 | More by drumrboy22
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks good. Pale golden color with nice clarity. Moderate sized whitish head. Creamy and long lasting.

Aroma more subtle than some pils. Hop aroma a bit subdued, and also a bit of malt aroma evident as well.

A hint of malt sweetness initially, but then nothing but hops. Dries out toward the finish with a good lingering hop bitterness very in the spirit of the style. An earthy character to the hopiness.

Medium body and moderately high carbonation. Maybe a bit more body (less dry) than expect from this style.

Overall an intensely hoppy beer, but with enough malt to support it. Very fresh, clean lager character. Probably what good German Pils tastes like fresh in its native land.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 20:04:10 | More by mpyle
Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a hazy yellow/straw color. The pour produced a thin head of white foam that gave way to a spotty film.

S - Floral/herbal with hints of fresh cut grass and citrus. Malt presence also detected.

T - Malty up front with definite herbal notes. Finishes off dry, with a slight hop bitterness.

MF&D - Medium bodied and pretty tasty. Definitely not your typical Euro Pilsener. Give it a shot if you haven't already.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 16:13:39 | More by nasty15108
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4/5  rDev -1%

08-28-2012 17:53:17 | More by DioS
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4/5  rDev -1%

02-16-2012 13:29:56 | More by ninner00
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

09-16-2013 00:31:49 | More by Syracuse12
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

03-24-2013 03:32:24 | More by Gerred
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-10-2014 16:48:20 | More by Loco_Joe
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4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass. Freshness dated November 5, 2008.

Appearance - The beer is between straw and amber in color and a bit hazy. It has an attractive collar of pure white foam.

Smell - A touch of malt, perhaps, but mostly noble hop aroma. Floral, herb-like.

Taste - God, I'd almost forgotten how much I love this beer! Hop bitterness dominates the flavor profile but without the hyperaggressiveness of a DIPA. There's a smidge of toast flavor from the malt, but it's nearly crowded out by the grassy, citrusy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Perfect: dead-on for the style. Light-bodied and crisp, with fine carbonation.

Drinkability - Only halfway through I was ready for number two. Very sessionable. I could drink a few of these while watching a game or grilling outside.

I first tried Prima a couple years ago and it was one of my first ventures into craft beer. With a lot more drinking experience, most of it limited to ales, I'd put this beer forth as a challenge to anyone who tries to malign lager as somehow inferior. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 04:20:28 | More by trbergman
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-22-2012 01:51:27 | More by jskennedy
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a straw yellow, cloudy with virtually no head. This was a pretty average pour, but lurking inside was a huge brew. It smelled very bitter with lots of citrus in the nose. The taste was bold, hoppy and bitter with a slight malt taste. There were some nice mellow notes of pear and mellon that came to the front as it warmed. This is another great brewe from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 20:41:16 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prima Pils is the best American example, I’ve had of a classic German pilsner. In fact, Prima Pils is probably the best pilsner I’ve ever had. The bottle pours a straw color into my glass. Nice carbonated streams of bubble percolate the glass reaching the ¼ inch froth head. The aroma provides the obvious hops: herbs and spices. Pale malts come through in the taste with the said hops. A lil grain flavor hides beneath. The taste is smooth and subtle; even though it far out-hops any European pilsner you’ll ever have.

It’s a remarkably delicious and easy drinking lager. One word of wise: if picking up a 6 pack of this delicious nectar, be sure to check the Born On Date. This is not a beer that tastes as good past it’s prime. I’ve walked that road, please don’t follow.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 22:49:09 | More by sloejams
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a substantial, fluffy white head. The aroma is an interesting combination of lemony acidity and some musty yeastiness. The flavor likewise features a combination of musty, earthy, and lemony hop characteristics, with a light biscuity malt presence adding some subtle sweetness. The fine, soft carbonation is pleasant and helps to make this one go down easily.

Overall, although this bottle was only about a week away from the end of its suggested 'best before" date, it still provided a bright yet earthy flavor profile that was a bit unexpected but quite nice. I'll have to keep my eye out for a fresher sample, though, to get the full effect of this renowned pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 16:18:57 | More by devilben02
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. I couldn't read the bottling date since it was too faint. Single purchased at local health food store for $1.79.

A-Poured a lemony-yellow hue with virtually no head and no lacing. Vigorous carbonation. Overall, a nice looking beer in the glass.

S-Prominent lemony hops.

T-Very nice for a pilsner. I don't drink many lagers but this is very crisp, clean, and refreshing. Not a sipping beer, but a thirst quencher for me on this hot afternoon.

M-Smooth and well balanced. A tad too much carbonation, but that may be a style characteristic.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another.

Nice to see this in Salem, Oregon. However, at $1.79 a 12oz. bottle and since not a favorite style, I don't expect to purchase frequently.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 20:52:07 | More by velosuds
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-26-2012 17:55:50 | More by George2744
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-11-2014 03:20:57 | More by TypsiYpsi
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-22-2013 20:28:45 | More by Lelampp
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything a good pilsener should be. Fizzy yellow with a moderate white head. The saaz hops were bling-blinging in the house, fo shizzle. It is every bit as good as a true pilsener such as czechvar or boom. I would go as far as saying that it's better. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2004 12:43:39 | More by CBFanWish
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Light gold, white head, tiny lacing, good retention for style.

S: A bit rich, great hop aromas, brown sugar, a little fruit.

T: Hops are nice and strong, and bring bold bitter flavor to this beer. Not much sweetness in the front, but some definitely comes through toward the end. A little fruit on the nose and some more later. I like the sourness at the end as well, and the little bit of burnt toast - just enough to detect, not enough to throw the flavor off.

M: Dry, clean, perfect carbonation. Exactly what I expect from this style.

D: Goes down better than most beer - isn't overly rich at all, and would make a great (temporary) friend on a hot day!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 02:47:18 | More by ralree
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New York

4/5  rDev -1%

12-05-2011 01:41:46 | More by josefnewsong
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Victory Prima Pils. 2010 vintage on tap. 5oz. tasting.

Cloudy, pale, straw-yellow. Streaming carbonation and a frothy, white one-finger head.

Very herbal, wheaty, and lemony.

It'a a very hoppy pilsner. Fruity / juicy hops initially, quickly followed by a rush of grassy herbal flavor. Really not my favorite taste (exceedingly bitter and herbal) but it's unique and well pulled off as far as I can tell.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability:
Well carbonated, light, and dry. Thirst-quenching drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2010 23:54:12 | More by BeerNemesis
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
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